Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Why Do Governments Feel The Need To Bribe Us With Our Own Money?

Jordan Bateman | Posted 11.29.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

There are tax credits for putting your kids in sports or music lessons, for volunteer firefighting, for taking a bus, for fixing up your kitchen, and for joining a search and rescue team. All worthy things, sure, but expensive for taxpayers. Now we're talking about a leftovers tax credit. Where will this trend end?

Alberta School Board's $900 Easter Egg Hunt Under Scrutiny

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.13.2015 | Canada Alberta

The Alberta School Boards Association spent more than $41,000 on staff gifts, meals, recognition and events planning between 2012 and 2014.

Slate Politics: Coming Soon To a B.C. City Hall Near You

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Video killed the radio star. But it's Peter Fassbender who is about to kill the independent civic politician.

B.C. Government Ain't Santa Claus

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

During 10 days of public meetings, special interest groups demanded $18.6 billion from the provincial government. It's 40 per cent of the province's annual budget. It's more than B.C. spends on health care. It's a ridiculous amount of money.

Forget the Raises, Politicians

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.05.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Here's the truth about politician pay. Some are grossly overpaid for the work they do, while some are terribly underpaid. But that distinction is very much in the eye of the beholder.

Fat Taxes a Naïve Prescription for Canadian Health

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.04.2015 | Canada Business
Jordan Bateman

They're coming first for your devilish Coca-Cola and Pepsi. But they aren't stopping there. They also want taxes on sugary fruit juice (you sinister Sun-Rype suckers!), and anything else that tastes slightly better than water. It won't end -- because big government types truly believe higher taxes can solve every problem -- there's no evidence it will work.

Take A Stick And Whack B.C. Carrot Rewards

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

What long-term health benefits would occur if government built $7.5 million in school playgrounds? Or spent $7.5 million cutting waitlists for surgery? Or made sure people had timely access to family physicians? Or improved rural or aboriginal drinking water quality to reduce the dozens of boil water advisories in effect across B.C. right now? Or any of a hundred other ideas.

What Should Happen Next at TransLink

Jordan Bateman | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

No more poodles on poles, no more $40,000 TVs, no more leasing empty buildings, no more TransLink vanity projects.

Aboriginals Deserve Good Financial Governance

Jordan Bateman | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Jordan Bateman

The lack of accountability on many reserves is why the Canadian Taxpayers Federation worked with grassroots band members to push for the new First Nations Financial Transparency Act (FNFTA). Among other things, the law requires chiefs and councillors to disclose their pay publicly.

B.C. City Councils Can Improve Through Core Reviews -- If They Stick Together

Jordan Bateman | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

City bureaucracies are a bit like junk drawers -- they need a good purging every once in a while.

Less Deflection, More Action Needed to Reduce New Housing Prices In Vancouver

Jordan Bateman | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Nothing is quite as popular as a tax on someone else. Vancouver's mayor knows this, and that's why he is pitching tax hikes on overseas property buyers, despite a notable lack of data...

Politicians Hate Government Ads -- Until They're The Government

Jordan Bateman | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

While we scrimp and sacrifice and pay our taxes to ostensibly fund critical services like public safety, health and education; politicians line up to spend it on flashy ads designed to help them get more votes.

The Oil Industry Doesn't Want You to Have Better Transportation Options

David Suzuki | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Business
David Suzuki

American and Canadian transit opponents paint themselves as populist supporters of the common people, a tactic also used against carbon pricing. They fail to note that poor and middle class families will benefit most from public transit and other sustainable transportation options. To reduce pollution and address global warming, we must do everything we can, from conserving energy to shifting to cleaner energy sources. Improving transportation and transit infrastructure is one of the easiest ways to do so while providing more options for people to get around.

Naysayers Launch Swish Anti-TransLink Tax Website

The Huffington Post B.C. | Montana Cumming | Posted 01.15.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The No Translink Tax campaign unveiled its new website Thursday, with some dramatic visuals to get its point across. The site is protesting the pos...

'Twas The Night Before A B.C. Taxpayer's Christmas

Jordan Bateman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through B.C. The pipeline wars were stirring, even over LNG

PST Hike Proposed For Metro Vancouver To Pay For Transit

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Metro Vancouver residents will soon know if there will be a regional referendum asking them to approve tax increases for new and improved t...

B.C. Post-Secondary Presidents Are Spending Like Rock Stars

Jordan Bateman | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

If these expenses are an example of presidents acting frugally in the face of funding shortfalls, taxpayers should be very concerned.

Don't Rush To The Amalgamation Altar, Victoria

Jordan Bateman | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Not to sound like the grumpy parents of two love-struck teenagers, but there is a whole lot more to consider before taxpayers give their approval to such a wedding.

TransLink Should Focus On Restoring Public Faith In The Organization

Jordan Bateman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Instead of focusing on ways to con the taxpayer into handing more money over via dodgy claims and ballot questions, TransLink apologists should focus on addressing executive pay, delivering projects like Compass Card as promised, and curbing waste.

Want Your Team To Win The Stanley Cup? Raise Their Taxes

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Business

A coalition of low-tax advocacy groups recently put out a report analyzing what high income taxes on hockey players mean for NHL teams. And, natura...

B.C. Tax Rates A Win For Canuck Fans

Jordan Bateman | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

This revenue -- which doesn't include corporate taxes, property taxes, sales tax or a myriad of other taxes B.C. residents are charged -- pays for things that benefit people far outside the Canuck dressing room. The Canuck players' income tax bill alone covers roughly the cost of 600 young teachers - or 425 Vancouver police officers.

Vision Vancouver Sells Out Taxpayers For Big Labour Money

Jordan Bateman | Posted 12.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

If you're a Vancouver property taxpayer, a chill should be running down your spine.

It's Time To Take The First Real Step Towards A Debt-Free B.C.

Jordan Bateman | Posted 12.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

You may not realize it, but you're drowning in debt. In fact, we all are.

Tory MP Made $85,564 After Quitting Manitoba Legislature

CP | Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada Politics

WINNIPEG - When Progressive Conservative Larry Maguire quit the Manitoba legislature to run for a federal seat, he received $85,564 in transition pay ...

B.C. Mayors, Councillors Out To Pickpocket Taxpayers Yet Again

Jordan Bateman | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

An important travel advisory for provincial politicians headed to this week's Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) conference in Whistler: keep a close eye on your government issued credit cards.